Some Central New York employers and employees might face a legal dilemma when the state’s medical marijuana program takes effect.
Partner at Tully Rinckey law firm in Syracuse Graig Zappia says the federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use.”
Lawyer Graig Zappia says an employee who might be fired for using medical marijuana has no protection under federal statutes like the Americans With Disabilities Act. But, he says, the employee likely has recourse under state laws.
Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others. He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program. Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.
D-W-I arrests in Central New York appear to be on the decline thanks in part to stricter enforcement and a change in social attitudes. In Onondaga and Madison Counties in particular, there was a decrease in D-W-I arrests of just more than 15 percent during 2013.
Partner at the Tully Rinckey law firm Don Kelly says they’ve seen a noticeable reduction in the number of DWI cases coming into their office.
Two cases decided Thursday by New York’s highest court give defendants more ability to say they were bullied by police during interrogations. One local attorney puts into perspective how it might change police interview practices.